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How can hepatitis A be prevented?

Page last updated 21 June 2018

Hepatitis A can be prevented by practising good personal hygiene and safe sex. If you have been infected, you should stay home to prevent passing the virus to another person.  

If you are travelling overseas to countries where the virus is common, vaccination may be recommended before you travel. Travellers are advised to visit their general practitioner or travel medicine specialist 6-8 weeks before travelling overseas to discuss suitable vaccination options. 

    If you are travelling overseas to areas where hepatitis A is common, then some extra safety practises (in addition to vaccination) should be undertaken, including:

    • Only drinking from safe water supplies, including bottled water.
    • Avoid uncooked food, including raw vegetables and fruit (unless it can be peeled).
    • Avoid shellfish.
    • Avoid unpackaged drinks.
    • Avoiding ice in drinks or food.
    • Avoiding food you cannot peel or boil.

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    Sources & Citations

    1. Centers for Disease Control, Hepatitis A Questions and Answers for the Public. Available at (accessed 4 April 2018).
    2. Victorian Government, Better Health Channel, Hepatitis A. Available at (accessed 4 April 2018).
    3. NSW Government, Department of Health, Hepatitis A Fact Sheet. Available at (accessed 4 April 2018).

    SPANZ.SAPAS.18.04.0142a - Date of preparation May 2018